(REUTERS – 7TH MAY) The trial of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik entered its fourth week on Monday (May 7) – a week in which the court will hear the post-mortem reports on the victims of a youth camp massacre that left 69 people dead on Utoeya island.
Breivik admits killing eight people with a car bomb at government offices in Oslo, then gunning down 69 people, mostly teenagers, at an island summer camp of the ruling Labour Party, in what he has described as a counter-attack against multiculturalism.
Since the trial started on April 16, the focus had been on the events in Oslo, but on Thursday (May 3) the court’s attention turned to Utoeya.
Once the post-mortem reports have been heard, witness statements of 33 people who were injured on the island will take place.
On Utoeya, Breivik shot most of his victims several times, often using the first shot to take down his target, then following up with a shot to the head. His youngest victim was 14 years old.
Disguised as a police officer, Breivik managed to lure some of his victims out of hiding, saying help had arrived. Other victims jumped into the lake, where he shot them in the water. He later surrendered as “commander of the Norwegian resistance movement”.
The Oslo court has decided that the testimonies of witnesses and injured will not be broadcast on television. The ban also includes the forensic expert witness statements.
The testimonies concerning the events on Utoeya will last until the beginning of June.